Be Prayer

Woman in prayer: catacomb of St. Priscilla, Rome, 3rd century. Click to visit.

“In the catacombs, the most frequent image is the figure of a woman in prayer, the Orant; she represents the one true attitude of the human soul. It is not enough to say prayers; one must become, be prayer, prayer incarnate. It is not enough to have moments of praise. All of life, each act, every gesture, even the smile of the human face, must become a hymn of adoration, an offering, a prayer. One should offer not what one has, but what one is.”

– Paul Evdokimov, The Sacrament of Love, p. 62.


  1. Thank you, thank you, for your words – words of humanity infused with divinity! I pray that we (I) can “hear” the words and utilize them in my life-issues.


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